Accenture opens Advanced Technology Centre; Surfshark VPN shuts servers; Jammu gets State Data Centre; Citi adds seats; Stryker augments R&D

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Accenture opens Advanced Technology Centre in Indore

Accenture has opened its newest Advanced Technology Centre in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The new facility represents further expansion of the company’s global delivery network and will focus on developing and delivering a wide range of cross-industry technology solutions to help drive digital transformation and innovation for clients, a release from Business Wire said.

Accenture is currently recruiting for roles across digital, cloud, data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality/metaverse and platforms.

Indore joins Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, and Delhi among the cities where Accenture’s Advanced Technology Centres are located.

Surfshark VPN shuts down India servers

After ExpressVPN, Surfshark became the second major virtual private network (VPN) provider to shut down its servers in India in response to the country’s new cybersecurity directive which requires VPNs to store user data for a period of five years.

Surfshark said its physical servers in India will be shut down before the new law comes into power on June 27. After the rules kick in, the company will introduce “virtual” Indian servers, which will be physically located in Singapore and London. “Users in India who don’t use Indian servers will not notice any differences – they will still be able to connect to whichever server outside the country they please,” it said.

Surfshark is based out of the Netherlands and, as of April 2022, had over 3,200 servers in more than 65 countries.

State Data Centre inaugurated in Jammu

Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha inaugurated the State Data Centre at the Civil Secretariat in Jammu and said that the future-ready central facility will ensure efficiency, agility, optimisation, control and security for e-governance and other citizen-centric applications.

He said that the aim under Digital India mission in Jammu and Kashmir is to make services faceless, paperless, and cashless.

The data centre is modernised and managed by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, one of the premier research and development organisations of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, with support from the Jammu and Kashmir Information Technology Department.

The State Data Centre, co-terminus with the Jammu and Kashmir State Wide Area Network, will act as an information technology hub for all government-owned services for the entire public to achieve digital Jammu and Kashmir through transparent e-governance, Sinha said.

Citi adds 4000 seats at India tech centres

American financial services giant Citi has announced the opening of two new technology centres as a part of its global solution centre network in Pune and Chennai, with the Pune facility at the EON IT Park in Kharadi.

Both Chennai and Pune facilities will house 2,000 seats each, Citi said.

“The expansion of our network premises in India signals our commitment to hiring the best talent as our businesses pursue growth and work with clients in the digital age,” Stacey N Lacy, chief information officer, Asia-Pacific, Citi, said.

Stryker augments R&D with new global technology centre in Gurugram

Medical technology company Stryker has opened its new research and development facility, Stryker’s Global Technology Centre (SGTC), at the International Tech Park in Gurugram.

According to the company, the new centre in Haryana is designed to help connect healthcare professionals and develop new technologies to meet their needs.

“We are excited about the strength of our current team and the diverse talents our new centre will attract, which will drive innovation that benefits our customers and patients, not only in the region, but worldwide. The new centre gives us room to grow and impact more people,” said Ram Rangarajan, Vice President, R&D, SGTC.

The company said the technology centre in Gurugram houses a world-class Neurovascular Innovation Lab that will be the first of its kind in India. The medical technology company further said that the research centre in Gurugram will drive front-end innovation and research to build better healthcare services.

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